|Leaving Ocker Hill moorings just after 05:00 a.m.|
Sometime in the dark I head a paddling sound of water - Albion were slipping off into the night having had a short sleep. A couple of minutes later I head the thump of their powerful engine starting up once they were out of the mooring arm, and onto the main line.
|First locks of the day at Ryder's Green|
|A lot of different crews will have moved this out of the way this weekend!|
|Bromford Junction where we went left up Spon Lane locks.|
|This junction at Spon Lane is literally directly under the M5 motorway|
|CRT's CEO Richard Parry hard at work at Oldbury locks|
|Netherton tunnel - one of the last built - and unusually with a tow-path each side|
So, a drink, a well earned rest, and we watched the other boats arriving while we took time to catch up with everyone on the stories of the challenge. The Hawne Basin bar ran out of beer very quickly - next time, perhaps they will order in more for 42 boatloads of thirsty boaters arriving en masse. However, we cannot fault the hospitality of the Basin. They made us all very welcome, and made a very good end to a very challenging, and enjoyable, BCN Challenge.
|Entering Netherton tunnel, with Tividale aqueduct behind.|
|This end of Gosty Hill tunnel looks generous, but things quickly change!|
Miles: 15.5, Locks: 26
Total Challenge Miles: 50.9, Locks: 56
Total Holiday Miles: 177.1, Locks: 123
|Gosty gets suddenly lower - there were potential points for naming the ghost!|